(Posted Sept. 30, 2020)
Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Trick-or-treat is on in all of the communities across Madison County.
Dates and times are as follows:
- Fairfield Township–Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m.
- London–Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.
- West Jefferson–Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.
- Plain City–Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m.
- Mount Sterling–Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Midway–Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
- South Solon–Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Traditionally, the West Jefferson Community Association holds a costume contest following the village’s trick-or-treat hours. That is not happening this year, said Jeff Pfeil, association president, due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The village of Plain City has added a new event to their Halloween festivities. Following trick-or-treat hours, a fall party will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pastime Park and include a costume contest, food vendors, music, and a trick-or-treat lane at which local merchants will give out candy, coupons, and other goodies.
“We are holding the fall party because we want to offer the community a safe, fun fall activity since so many activities at the park were cancelled this year,” said Linda Granger, Plain City’s parks and recreation director. “We have been in touch with the health department and are following all safety protocols.”
The city of London published the following trick-or-treat safety tips with the pandemic in mind:
- Stay home if your child feels sick, has symptoms of COVID-19, or is at high risk of complications.
- Wear a face mask, except children under 2 years of age or individuals with medical exceptions.
- Make sure your face mask completely covers your nose and mouth at all times.
- Try to maintain social distance of at least six feet from other groups.
- Trick-or-treat with people from your own household.
- Avoid doors with clusters of people. Stay back and wait until no one else is at the door.
- Bring hand sanitizer and use often.
- Take only wrapped candy treats.
- Wash your hands before eating candy.
For treat givers
- Do not give candy out if you or anyone in your household feels sick, has symptoms of COVID-19, or is at high risk of complications.
- Designate one person per household to pass out candy.
- Sit outside behind a table to give out treats.
- Wear a face mask and put it on before opening the door. Make sure the mask completely covers your mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands frequently.
“We all need to be smart when we’re doing this,” said Mayor Pat Closser in a Facebook video post. “Let’s all do it right… The one thing I don’t want is a bunch of emails and calls the next day about how ‘these people were doing this’ and ‘they didn’t have their masks on.’ Just throw your masks on, stay away from people, distance, keep hand sanitizer on you. It’s very simple. So we can do something nice for these kids, adults, please don’t ruin it.”
For the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance on trick-or-treating, go to https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/celebrating-halloween.pdf.